The Unfortunate Changing Face of the Formula 1 2009 Season So Far

Michael BaileyContributor IJuly 30, 2009

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes drives on his way to winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 26, 2009 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Dear all,

It has been a while since I have posted on here but after many personal problems I have come back to write a mid-season report on what should have been one of the best formula 1 seasons to date.

To all intents and purposes it would seem with BMW pulling out at the end of this season, the rumours surrounding Toyota, the whole rear diffuser incident and the risk of several of the main teams wanting to split with the row over the price cap it seems that this year in Formula 1 is going to be greatly over shadowed by the political madness that has unfortunately plagued the sport.

How quickly we forget the fantastic start to the season that Brawn GP made and the electric driving shown by a certain Mr Button and co. The woeful showing by both Ferrari and it pains me to say this McLaren.(for those who have not seen me on here I am a McLaren fan) and the fantastic advancement of the Red Bull team and Force India teams as major players in the sport.

As some of you will know I have followed Formula 1 with great passion for a great many years and but I have never felt so let down and disgusted by the administration and ruling bodies of the sport as I have done in this year.

I do fully understand that in the current economic climate that the teams do need to watch what they spend, But surely it is down to the teams to know their own finances and what they can and cant spend, but if they don't then like any company they will go under. I can understand Honda pulling out but what are the real reasons BMW are leaving, And will Toyota follow suit. Will we see another series with these manufactures at the core. 

However with all of the Ferrari 'special' treatment of the last few years. The money that they and Mclaren and yes some of the other teams have to spend, it is a staggering amount that most of us will never see in a life time, but wait what happened here neither them or any of the other seasoned teams had an answer to the pure power and out right advantage that Brawn showed and had at the start of the season.

I would love our beloved sport to continue as it has this year with all of the closer racing and entertainment that most of the races have produced. I think that full fuel loads will greatly increase the spectacle that is Formula 1 next year. But what the sport does not need is to have another year where all of the dirty washing that needs cleaning is aired in public where the fans end up watching something they love come so close to being destroyed. 

Unfortunately by people that only want to enhance there wallets and flex there muscles to make them selves feel important. I think that DC, Martin and Eddie all got it right when they said that it is the fans that make this sport what it is.

With out us fans there would not be a Formula 1 series and these people would not earn the staggering amount of money that they do. I feel sorry for those drivers that truly enjoy their sport for the drive and the fans if this continues.

Please feel free to comment and write a response to this article as I would be greatly pleased to hear from any other petrol head and fan.


Michael Bailey